- score [skôr]n.[ME < OE scoru < ON skor < IE base * (s)ker-, to cut > SHEAR]1.a) a scratch, mark, incision, etc. [scores made on ice by skates]b) a line drawn or scratched, often to mark a starting point, etc.c) notches made in wood, marks made as with chalk, etc., to keep tally or account2. an amount or sum due; account; debt3. a grievance or wrong one seeks to settle or get even for4. anything offered as a reason or motive; ground [on the score of poverty]5. the number of points made in a game or contest by a player or team, or the record of these points6.a) a grade or rating, as on a test or examinationb) a number indicative of quality, usually based on an arbitrary scale in which 100 means perfection in certain specified characteristics [92 score butter]7.a) twenty people or things; set of twentyb) [pl.] very many8. Informal a successful move, stroke, remark, etc.☆ 9. Informala) the way that life or a certain situation really is; real facts: chiefly in know the scoreb) the pertinent facts; lowdown10. Slang the victim of a swindle; mark11. Slang the act of getting or stealing, as drugs12. Dancing notation used to indicate dancers' movements, as in a ballet13. Musica) a written or printed copy of a composition, showing all the parts for the instruments or voicesb) the music for a stage production, film, etc., esp. as distinguished from the lyrics, dialogue, etc.vt.scored, scoring [ME scoren]1. to mark with notches, scratches, cuts, lines, etc.2. to crease or partly cut (cardboard, paper, etc.) for accurate folding or tearing3. to cancel or mark out by lines drawn: with out4. to mark with lines or notches in keeping account5. to keep account of by or as by lines or notches; reckon; tally; mark6.a) to make (runs, hits, goals, etc.) in a game and so add to one's number of pointsb) to count toward the number of points [a touchdown scores 6]c) to record or enter the score ofd) to record or add (points) to one's score☆ e) Baseball to bring (a runner) home as by getting a hit7. to get by effort or merit; gain [to score a resounding success]8. to grade (an examination, etc.); rate or evaluate, as in testing9. to get (a specified grade) on a test10.a) to raise welts on by lashing☆ b) to criticize severely; upbraid11. Slang to get or steal (drugs, money, etc.)12. Cooking to cut superficial gashes in (meat, etc.)13. Music Dancing to orchestrate, arrange, or write out in a scorevi.1. to make a point or points, as in a game2. to keep the score, as of a game3. to be rated by one's score on a test4.a) to gain an advantageb) to win or enjoy credit, popularity, success, etc.5. to make notches, lines, gashes, etc.6. Slang to have sexual intercoursescorern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.